Nov. 27, 2002
SATURDAY, NOV. 30 (Doubleheader) -
Game 1 - No. 14 UCLA vs. No. 6 Duke (preseason No. 6 in both polls), 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse) (TV-CBS, Jim Nantz/Billy Packer; Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150 - Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
Game 2 - Purdue vs. Louisville, approximately 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 135-60 (195 games, 69.2) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (353 games, 261-92, 73.9). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons.
Lavin is 1-2 vs. Duke (1996-97, W 73-69, Pauley Pavilion; 1997-98, L 120-84, Durham, NC; 2000-01, L 76-63, NCAA "Sweet 16").
UCLA's Last Game - UCLA opened the 2002-03 regular season in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday, losing to the U. of San Diego, 86-81 (OT). The game was tied at 73 at the end of regulation and tied at 37 at halftime.
In regulation, with eight minutes left, the Bruins led by eight points (65-57) on two free throws by Josiah Johnson. At 1:49, USD tied the score (71-71, outscoring UCLA 14-6) on a three-pointer by Roy Morris. With 1:33 left in regulation, T. J Cummings' two free throws gave the Bruins a two-point lead (73-71). At the 1:15 mark, Morris tied the score (73-73) on a layup. UCLA's Cedric Bozeman's jumper at the buzzer hit the rim and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, the Bruins never led and trailed by as many as five points twice, last at 86-81 with one second remaining.
UCLA had all five starters in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson's career-high 21 points and five assists and Jason Kapono's 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. USD had five players in double figures, led by Jason Keep's career-highs 30 points and 16 rebounds.
UCLA shot a game-high 44.9 (31-69) from the field, 30.8 (8-26) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, a game-high 22 assists and 14 turnovers.
USD shot 40.6 (26-64) from the field, a game-high 31.0 (9-29) from three-point range, a game-high 59.4 (25-36) from the foul line, with a game-high 49 rebounds and a game-high 17 turnovers.
UCLA-Duke Series - Duke leads it 8-6 and has won the last two games (76-63, 2001 NCAA "Sweet 16", Duke went on to win NCAA title; 120-84, 1998 Duke home game). UCLA's last win was in Pauley Pavilion, 73-69, Feb. 23, 1997.
Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski - Entering his 23rd year at Duke, with a school record of 566-168 and in 27 years of head coaching, he was at Army from 1976-80, he's 639-227. During his Duke tenure, he has led the Blue Devils to three NCAA titles (2001-92-91) and six other Final Fours, including four runner-ups.
The Blue Devils - Duke opened the regular season with two games at Durham, beating Davidson 95-80 on Nov. 25 and on Nov. 23, beating Army, 101-53. Duke returns two starters from last season - senior forward Dahntay Jones and junior guard Chris Duhon.
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCE POLL
In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).
THE WOODEN TRADITION
This will be UCLA's first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition (2001-Purdue, Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati).
In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the Wooden Classic.
Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating Alabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).
PAULEY PAVILION/NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 76-9 (89.4, 85 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 33-7 (40 games, 82.5) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).
UCLA's 86-81 (OT) loss to USD on Nov. 26, 2002 (season home opener) and 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 (season home opener) in Pauley were just the ninth and eighth non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Other home nonleague losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01; Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga); Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
In 13 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions
2002-03 UCLA SCHEDULE
The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).
In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.
JASON KAPONO Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He's also nominated for the second annual Senior Class Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Player of the Year for NCAA Div. 1 men's and women's basketball. Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award last year.
Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.